- After his first budget meeting with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed optimism for an on-time budget.
- As negotiations continued in both houses on that front, lawmakers took up the issue of prison closings at the Public Protection joint budget committee hearing this week.
- Meanwhile, the recommendations of the governor's Medicaid Redesign Team, which received support from the New York Times editorial board -- are only partially included in the Senate and Assembly budgets.
- Advocates are optimistic about a trend against sending youths to adult courts and plans in New York and California to close state youth prisons and move toward local supervision.
- Both Oklahoma and Arkansas are joining the long list of states moving forward on criminal justice reforms in favor of alternatives to incarceration.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development released its implementation plan for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and announced a new online public forum to gather suggestions for advancing its contributions to stable housing and health outcomes.
- Under legislation introduced this week, psychologists, clinical social workers and mental-health facilities would qualify for some of the $19 billion in federal payments for clinicians and medical centers that switch to qualifying electronic health-record systems.
- Despite the incentives, however, some clinicians are expressing wariness about making the switch to electronic health records.
- More than half of Americans still don't understand how the healthcare reform law will impact them personally, according to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.
- Addressing the International Community Corrections Association, James Burch, the acting director of the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance, spoke of a "historic opportunity" to make progress on helping released prisoners reenter society.